So do French women shave?
Let me start off with a little anecdote from when I lived in New York City. I was at a popular midtown nail salon on afternoon getting a pedicure when a woman came in, sat down and started to roll her pants up for a pedicure next to me. What I saw made me do a double take although I seemed to be the only one who was kind of horrified at the sight of her hairy legs. This was not the type of leg hair that was awaiting a fresh wax, but long, unkempt, never tended to leg hair like a man’s. The nail tech just did her job like it was nothing. Now, if I had been a foreigner just visiting New York on vacation and getting a pedicure next to this woman, I might be inclined to think that Americans don’t shave their legs. Major generalization, yes, but that’s how these things start….
Where did this myth about French women not shaving come from?
It seems to have originated in the 1940s when GIs were stationed in France just after WW2. Although times certainly have changed, the stereotype is still there.
So back to France, YES French women shave.
I’m sure many women choose not to (all over the world) for whatever reason, but I assure you that shaving is all and well in France just like it is in the US. In fact, waxing is actually a bigger deal here than shaving is and salons all over advertise their waxing specials year round. It’s actually quite affordable and if you can put up with a little pain, it’s the way to go and so very French.
So shaving, as with a lot of things, just boils down to personal preference.